“Planet of the Apes” - 1968

By | January 15, 2018

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Charlton Heston hears his fate being decided by a council of apes in a scene from the film 'Planet Of The Apes', 1968. (Photo by 20th-Century Fox/Getty Images)

Up until the late 1960s, science fiction films were widely regarded as being a somewhat rudimentary genre. They had a reputation for being low budget garbage. Science fiction films tended to distance themselves from reality and could be extremely farfetched. Notwithstanding that, science fiction had a loyal fan base.

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In addition to the somewhat negative stigma associated with early science fiction films, producers faced many other challenges. As you know, technology and special effects have come a long way since that time. Because resources in those areas were much less sophisticated, science fiction films usually ended up being a little insulting to the intelligence of audiences; The Blob, for example. Occasionally, a decent film would materialize but that wasn’t the norm.